4 Sheet Masking Mistakes You Might Be Making

I love using sheet masks. What better way to end the day than with a relaxing and soothing face mask? Most times I would slap one on and catch up on my latest tv show. Once in awhile though, after a long exhausting day, I would turn up my music with my face mask on, and just sit back and forget the world for a moment. Ah, such indulgence 🙂

My skin always feels so soft and smooth the next morning. However, when I first started sheet masking, I made a few mistakes that prevented me from getting the results I wanted even though it seemed pretty straightforward. Here’s hoping you don’t make the same mistakes too!

1. Not Prepping Your Skin Properly

You should always apply your sheet mask right after you have cleansed and toned/serum-ed your face. You wouldn’t want any dirt or grime mixing with all that essence goodness!

2. Leaving It On Too Long

I used to do this for the longest time because after the mask’s recommended time, I’d find that my mask was still drenched in essence so I’d leave it on till it felt drier.. This actually causes the dry mask to suck moisture back out of your skin. I fell asleep once with a sheet mask on (relaxed too much haha!), and woke up with 2 pimples on my cheek. I can’t say for sure that there’s a correlation, but I definitely won’t be trying that again.

3. Washing Your Face After

This!! Singapore’s climate is so hot and humid, my face always feels so sticky after applying a sheet mask that I would wash it right off. Don’t do this! You’re actually washing away all the benefits and goodness of the mask. Instead, keep patting your face or use a jade roller to remove any excess essence and help your skin absorb it better so it won’t feel so sticky. Don’t forget your neck as well!

4. Forgoing The Rest Of Your Skincare Regime

Again, me. Because my face felt sticky, I didn’t see the need to apply more stuff to my face. But it’s really important to at least apply moisturiser after using a sheet mask so as to lock in the essence from it.

After correcting my mistakes, I’ve gotten so much more out of my sheet masking sessions. I hope this helped! Enjoy pampering yourself 🙂

A Peek Into My Vanity – My Beauty Stash

Are you like me? Are you also curious about what other people have in their vanities? What brands they have, if they are also hoarders, or do they have a dope organiser?

I love looking through my friends’ skincare products (with their permission of course) and I’ll always ask for their opinions. This is how I’ve come to discover some of the brands that i currently use and love! I’m still constantly on the lookout for new products to add to my stash because you need to keep your products on rotation to prevent your skin from “getting used” to a certain item and hence limiting its effectiveness.

So anyway, here’s my contribution to the album of beauty stashes out there!

I’ve only recently purchased SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence and Skin Inc’s Optimizer Voyage Trilight, so I won’t be doing a review yet!

Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum so far hasn’t caused any adverse skin reaction so I’m pretty excited to see how it goes. I have heard so many positive reviews about this product and the packaging is so cute! I haven’t had the time to try Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum but will definitely do it soon.

I also bought Tatcha’s Bestsellers Set at Sephora’s sale sometime back. My best friend has been loving their products so I decided to give them a try too! Their bottle are so pretty I can’t bear to use them yet hahaha.

Do you have any photos of your beauty stash on your blog? Please leave your link in my comments for me to check them out! 🙂

Adding Face Masks To Your DAILY Skincare Routine

I’m so happy to have had two people to approach me and ask for a bit of skincare advice! Hi Riylie and Beatrice! I hope it works out 🙂

I actually had to do a quick search of the products available in their area because I realised not everyone has access to the korean skincare products I love and use. Sephora does hold certain brands like Dr Jart+ and Sulwhasoo but the prices aren’t as competitive as here in Asia. In the states, at least Target does have My Beauty Diary and Neutrogena sheet masks at similar prices to Asia. Does anyone know how to get cheap korean skincare if you’re based in USA/Canada?

Anyway, I just wanted to add on to my current skincare routine. I do quite a few masks a week, but they cater to different needs. I think of them as targeted treatments.

So I’d usually use a deep cleansing mask 2-3 times a week (Sulwhasoo Clarifying mask/Mamonde Pore Clean Clay Mask)

Brightening/Moisturising sheet mask 1-2 times a week (I’m currently loving anything from Dr Jart+/My Beauty Diary)

Hydrating sleeping mask 2 times a week (Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask/Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Sleeping Mask)

When and what I use really depends on what I think my skin needs. If I’ve been out exercising or I’m feeling particularly clogged up (skinwise) that day, I would reach for a deep cleansing mask.

If I have a bit more time or I just want to relax, I’d use a sheet mask. Sometimes I’d pop them in the fridge for a bit, just to get that refreshing, cooling sensation when I put it on.

And finally, when my skin feels drier or when I’m lazy (usually this haha), I’d use a sleeping mask. Sleeping masks will give your skin a huge dose of moisture and are usually formulated ingredients that promote skin cell repair when you sleep.

I hope this posts helps inspire you to mask more frequently and take better care of your skin! These are some posts that might be of interest to you as well:

An Honest Review of Kiehl’s Skincare

I love Kiehl’s. To be honest, in the beginning I went without the intention of buying and only wanted their samples which they were really generous with. The salespeople were always welcoming and happy to share their knowledge without being pushy in getting you to buy their products. So I tested out their products for a year and am now posting my results for the first three months!

I used to have pretty good skin till I had a hormonal breakout around 18 years old and I never really recovered from it. I took these photos at the same spot at the same time every day to track my results. Even though I still have scars and blemishes, they’ve reduced significantly and my skin texture looks a little smoother!

Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

I have sensitive skin that reacts badly to most products so when testing this, a peel, I was very careful. I tested it on my wrist first, then my neck for two days, then a tiny bit on my cheek for another two days, before I dared to apply it all over my face. The first day I applied it to my cheek it did sting and tingle a little which made me wait another day before deciding to try it all over.

It does its job well in refining the texture of my skin and I feel it helps my other products sink in a lot better.

Because it’s pricey, I tend to be a bit precious with it and only use it on my problem areas on alternate days. Two drops is enough to cover them all and so far I still have half a bottle even though I’ve been using it for a year!

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

I went through the same process when trying out this product. After that, I started using this as a serum and the effects were amazing! My face instantly looked brighter and clearer, and it hydrates really well too. I’m already on my third bottle because I use it day and night for my whole face haha.

Combined with the use of the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, this helped brighten my complexion and faded most of my blemishes. I highly recommend both products if you have the same problems as I do. Kiehl’s has samples for you to try if you aren’t sure about making a purchase since they are pretty pricey but one bottle can last you quite awhile depending on your usage!

Simple Skincare Regime For Glowing Skin

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Being stuck at home for the past month or so, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my skin. Mainly because of the lack of make up and just generally more time to focus on my skincare regime. Anyway, recently on one of my zoom hangouts with my girlfriends, I was recommending Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask that I have actually been neglecting for awhile. Since then, it’s become a regular in my routine again.

The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask is basically a gentle peel off mask that removes impurities and dead skin cells to detoxify and clarify skin. I use it in place of an exfoliator because my skin is too thin and sensitive to exfoliate in the traditional sense more than once a month. Here’s how my regime at night looks like:

  1. Double cleanse (because of sunblock).
  2. Pat on Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion.
  3. Apply Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask.
  4. After 20 mins, during which I moisturise the rest of my body and chill, peel off the mask.
  5. Wash off remaining mask on face, if any.
  6. Apply and massage on eye cream.
  7. Few drops of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution/Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
  8. Apply Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion
  9. Finish off with AHC Ageless Real Eye Cream for Face (7th gen)

I used my jade roller after each step and if I want a bit of extra hydration, I’ll add Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil. I find that if I work hard on my skincare regime, I will definitely see results. So it just boils down to finding the right products that work for you.

If you’re serious about improving your complexion, it’s best to read all the information out there that’s available to you. Some tips are to first find out your skin type and research brands and products that are suited for it. It can be overwhelming so start slow and change up your products one at a time. Best of luck!

Tried and Tested Eye Creams

“Do we really need eye cream?” – Me, 24 with no wrinkles.

But I swear the moment I turned 25, all my lines, freckles and sun spots started showing. So let me list the ones I’ve tried and tested! (Disclaimer: I have dry and sensitive skin, but I’m lucky to not have developed any oil seeds/milia while trying some pretty rich eye creams)

1. SES Nano Eye Gel

This was my very first eye product so I had no basis of comparison. I thought it did a pretty decent job simply because I didn’t breakout. However, what I didn’t know was that it wasn’t moisturising enough for my dry dry skin. When I suddenly started flying more frequently, my eyelids was peeling because of how dry my skin was.

2. La Mer The Eye Concentrate

This came highly recommended by my colleagues and one of them had a 20% discount so I decided to give a try – I mean, anything to save my skin right? It felt and smelt so good to apply, it’s like a rich cream but is actually very light and was absorbed quickly. I think because my eyelids were already cracked and peeling, hence I felt some stinging sensation when I first started using it. I want to say I love it but I felt it still wasn’t moisturising enough for me especially when I’m constantly subjecting myself to harsh dry aircraft air. And for its price point, it was hard to make a repurchase.

3. This Works Light Time Open Eyes

I liked this because of the metal applicator. I love how soothing and refreshing it was to apply the eye cream with it. This was less moisturising than La Mer but more than SES.

4. Babor HSR Lifting Eye Cream

I chanced upon this German brand two years ago during one of my trips to Frankfurt. I had a friend with me who swears by this. So naturally I had to give it a try. And it’s still one of my favourite eye creams! It’s rich enough to be perfectly moisturising yet it absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging it. I also use it on my chin and in the crease of my nose as I tend to get dry and red there and it works like a charm.

These are all the eye creams I’ve tried since I was 25. Now that I’m turning 30, I might have to venture into trying out more anti aging products..

Sleeping Masks For Dry And Sensitive Skin

If you’re like me, I’m sure you’d have read many articles and blogs for tips and products to use. I used to be a skincare junkie, buying almost everything people (both on and offline) recommended. It didn’t help that my mother has naturally perfect skin so she didn’t really know how to deal with acne and the scarring that followed. She did give me one advice that I wish I listened to: Stop touching your face!! Instead, I tried everything a teenager strapped for cash could afford, namely drugstore pimple creams and cleansers, and even resorted to concealers. My mother, seeing how I was struggling, bought me a facial package which, till this day, I can’t decide whether it actually helped or made things worse. I did like the products that I bought from them, but their facials always left my face super red and blotchy that took weeks to clear up.

Eventually, as I did more research and read countless reviews (hello makeupalley!), and had more spending power to buy higher end products to try, my skin finally calmed down. I still tested many products but I did it gradually and one at a time to ensure it suited my skin type. I’d start with a little on my neck and if there were no adverse reactions the next day, I would slowly progress to a little on my cheek and my T zone before applying it on my whole face the following day. This has helped me find my holy grail skincare products that I can’t live without today.

Currently my main concerns are my scars, pigmentation and dry skin. My dry skin worsened after I started travelling more often for work. So I’m always on the lookout for hydrating and moisturising products. I shall start off with a few masks that I’ve tried with some successes and failures!

1. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask

This has been my number one product for the past 4 years. It has never failed me. Every time I feel like my face is about to erupt in angry red bumps, I would slap this on and everything will be back to normal the next morning. Every time I feel like my face needs some extra hydration, I would slap this on and everything will be back to normal the next morning. Every time I’m too lazy/tired to do my usual skincare routine, I would just slap this on! I cannot recommend this overnight mask enough. It does have a faint ginseng/medicinal scent but it fades after awhile and has never bothered my very sensitive nose.

2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This was a huge letdown. Now you’d think what can go wrong with masks but although this felt and smelt so good to put on, it did nothing for my skin. My skin felt so dry in the morning as if I didn’t put on any moisturiser that night. I think if you have normal to oily skin, this would work well. But for people with dry skin, you’d need to find something more moisturising that this.

3. Fresh Rose Face Mask

I like Fresh’s packaging, it feels like a luxurious treat for your skin. However, this mask did irritate my skin slightly. It stung when I put it on and left my skin red after I washed it off though it faded the next morning. I love all their lip balms though. I’m about to try their Vitamin Nectar Glow Face Mask, will see how it goes.

4. Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Sleeping Mask

I would rate this mask between Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Vitalising Mask and Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. It does provide adequate hydration and is soothing and gentle on the skin. A nice mask to have on hand for rotation.

5. My Beauty Diary Duo Brightening Black Pearl EX+

Finally a sheet mask! I used to use sheet masks religiously but because of work and age (read: lazy), I’ve been leaning more towards sleeping masks because you don’t have to wait to wash it off. So I maybe use sheet masks once a week or once in two weeks. I do plan to increase the frequency because I still have so many masks left untouched (hoarder alert!). This sheet mask promotes its deeply hydrating and intense brightening properties, and being an avid mask user, I’d say it does the job pretty well!